VibroWalk: Helping individuals know that their feet are firmly planted on the ground. For rehabilitation patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy, or the inability to feel sensation in their feet, maintaining equilibrium can be difficult. Tan Vo’s pacemaking VibroWalk, using a sensor-feedback system, can estimate spatial orientation of the feet by alerting another part of the body that retains stronger sensation. This system allows patients to walk and even drive with stability.
Posted March 3rd, 2010
The six finalist projects for the 2009-2010 Time Warner Cable Inno/Vention Competition – created by 12 graduate and undergraduate students – are not simply brilliant technical solutions: In keeping with the school’s academic philosophy of i2e – invention, innovation and entrepreneurship – each was subjected to rigorous business analysis that every great idea requires to quickly bridge the gap between technology and the marketplace.
Student participants labored from October to early March to develop “the next big thing” in science and engineering. They attended workshops on patent searches, market research and how to present to potential investors. They also received one-on-one business coaching.